Zoobiquity: The Animal Nature of Human Medicine

Sites: Brigham and Women's Hospital Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston, MA Tufts: Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, North Grafton, MA Tufts Equine Center, North Grafton, MA Suffolk Downs Racing Track (Cardiovascular care of equine athletes) VCA Brookline Animal Hospital, Brookline, MA Clinical Ethics Practicum.
Director(s): Brian Bergmark, Barbara Horowitz, Indu Mani, Mary Montgomery
Prerequisites: Available to students post PCE (completed core medicine rotations).
Offered: November 2021. Tuesday and Thursday 9am-12pm
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks:
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Each week students will select one form of clinical pathology seen in both human and veterinary practice and will generate a taxonomy of species in which the pathology has been reported in the peer reviewed literature. They will also propose a brief research agenda engaging both physicians and veterinary investigators and explain how this might accelerate insights and innovations for the disorder. In order to develop their research proposal they will have to review the human and animal medical literature.
Grade Criteria:
Reserved for students who demonstrate excellent fund of knowledge, acquire diagnostic skills over the course of each week, show the ability to integrate clinical and scientific information into the interpretation of pathologic findings and can articulate underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease. These students would also be expected to be active participants and leaders in all discussion sessions and to give well-organized and clear presentations which highlight critical aspects of the selected problem. These students will have demonstrated solid diagnostic skills, with improvement over the course of each week and broadly over the month. They will have become adept at understanding the connection between pathologic diagnoses, clinical issues and underlying pathophysiologic processes. They will have been active participants in discussion sessions and have given consistently solid presentations which cover important aspects of the selected problem and reflect adequate examination of the literature. These students will have participated regularly in all activities, with some evidence of learning of diagnostic approaches and underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms over the course of each week. They will have joined all of the discussion sessions, although may not have volunteered until asked to contribute. They will have given the required presentations, although these may have not demonstrated appropriate level of connection between clinical issues, pathologic processes and underlying biologic mechanism. Reserved for enrolled students who do not meet the expectations of attendance at all scheduled events, do not participate at all in the group sessions and present talks which do not reflect thoughtful consideration of clinical problems or information from the literature.